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Man arrested for vehicular homicide in Lake Charles drunk driving crash

Posted at 7:04 AM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 15:26:38-04

Louisiana State Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal Lake Charles crash that occurred in April.

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George Edward Broussard Jr.
LSP Troop D

George Edward Broussard, Jr., 53, of Bell City, was arrested by Troop D for vehicular homicide after toxicology results indicated that his blood alcohol levels were allegedly two and a half times the legal limit at the time of the crash.

State Police say that Broussard failed to yield to oncoming traffic while turning left onto Tank Farm Road in Lake Charles on April 13. While attempting to turn onto the roadway, Broussard’s vehicle was struck by another vehicle driven by 37-year-old Deidre Cole Ward of Lake Charles.

Broussard’s front seat passenger, 30-year-old Brett Davis Labove, was killed and Broussard was seriously injured. Both were taken to area hospitals for treatment. A toxicology sample was obtained from Broussard.

Deidre Ward was arrested following the crash after a breathalyzer indicated her blood alcohol content was two and a half times the legal limit. She was booked in April on charges of DWI third offense, driving under suspension, and open alcoholic container.

An arrest warrant was obtained following the receipt of Broussard’s toxicology results. He was booked into the Calcasieu Correctional Center on a charge of vehicular homicide. His bond was set at $150,000.

At the time of the crash, Broussard was cited for DWI first offense, vehicular negligent injuring, failure to yield while turning, and no seat belt.

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